Upcycled Crayons Tutorial

Do you have children? If yes, you probably have a giant box of old busted crayons rotting in the closet. My kids always prefer the shiny new crayons (that I keep buying) but I never throw away the old broken ones because they still color perfectly well and one day I will put them back into rotation dammit!! Here is an easy project that your children will love and will clear out all of those broken Crayolas.

Disclaimer: This entire process is a big science experiment, so times and oven temperatures are approximate. There is a lot of room for adjustment – just keep a close eye on the hot wax and use your best judgment.

Step 1: Ask the kids to make naked crayons. This part is tedious for an adult but kids seem to love it. Depending on how many crayons you have, this bit could keep them busy for a while, so you can probably grab a cocktail (BONUS!)

Step 2: Break/cut the peeled crayons into small pieces and fill the bottom of a muffin tin or silicone mold. I used a silicone mold for this batch, but I have read that a muffin tin should also work. If you use metal, I’d give a quick spritz of cooking spray.

Step 3: Bake in a 200-275 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Again, time & temp are approximate so keep an eye on it. It may take less or more time. (I’m really helpful, right??) When the wax is melted, remove from the oven.

cooking crayons

Step 4: Cool, pop out of the mold, and create a masterpiece!

recycling crayons


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  1. December 18, 2013

    […] so easy could be so popular! Then, I wrote another tutorial about upycling crayons (see it here). I purposefully created a “pinnable” image, and wrote what I thought was a useful […]

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